Pros: Gray scale=long battery life, can change orientation of screen, stays locked on sats even in congested areas, water proof to 1 meter, rugged buttons, good screen resolution, variety of mounts to suit almost any application available
Cons: gray scale can be hard to read, backlight kills battery fast, being an older unit, parts are harder to find, adequate but non-expandable memory, screen size a little on the small side for dashboard mount use in vehicles
Summary: It was a very good GPS with sense reception. It is convenient to use 2 AA batteries. You can buy it anywhere and never will lose power. The only down side is the memory is too small that can save map to cover only certain area. Of course compare with today's GPS, this one is very outdated.
Summary: The Garmin GPS V is the Icom 2AT of the GPS world. It will run perhaps forever. Mine is 6 years old and remains on constantly, yet it still works fine. Only the backlighting has dimmed somewhat over the years It has many features that my Garmin nuvi 750 does not, and is the primary reason it remains on my dash along side the nuvi. No longer made, but if you find one at a hamfest, grab it.
Summary: The Garmin GPS V is perfectly suited to APRS. I use it with the Kenwood TM-D700 and the two are nicely matched. Remember to switch the GPS V between "NMEA" mode and "Garmin" mode in its setup menu to either run APRS or download maps from your PC respectively, otherwise there will be no data transfer. I have recently upgraded to the Garmin GPS 276C because the GPS V monochrome display is small and difficult to read off-road in a 4x4.
Summary: I initially bought this for use with APRS. For that it works great most of the time. In a few uses the web site had me way off for a short segment of my trip. Not sure where the goof was but for most of the time it works great with APRS. It even allows coords to be feed back in as waypoints. I don't use that feature since I could care less where everyone else is! Ha! My wife gets easily lost on the roads, I have a waypoint called HOME.